The campus is a lovely place to live and work. However, effective ministry sometimes requires travel. So on Tuesday night the Rev. Dr. Barney Hawkins and I were in Charlottesville, cultivating friends for the Seminary. Today the Rev. Dr. Joe Thompson is down at Duke University for a conference on Latino ministry in the Episcopal Church. This is an area that is vital for the future of the Episcopal Church. America is changing around us; the Church will either change or disappear. We are grateful that he is making the journey to learn more about this key area.
Meanwhile, as some travel away from the campus, others travel to the campus. The Rev. Nic Mather (yes the relative of Taylor, here in AASL) is visiting the campus. His Masters' thesis was not only good, but was highly innovative. He was struggling with the question of how should Episcopalians relate to the language of the demonic in our tradition; he wanted to avoid the two extremes of ignoring the language or getting obsessed with the language. His return is an invitation to all students to see a possible future where they bring the wisdom learned in a thesis at VTS back to subsequent classes of students here at VTS. It is lovely to have him with us. Do sign up for the session, which is at 7:00 p.m. in the Deanery tonight.
We travel away; we receive travelers to the campus. Travel builds connection. This is important.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President